Shifting your home is no longer a herculean job as it once used to be. With the onset of the movers and packers industry the stress involved in shifting has significantly decreased. While these movers and packers give us quite a bit of comfort but there are certain things we need to know when hiring them. The industry now has so many options that finding a good and reliable one seems to be a difficult task.  Here’s some tips that can help you choose an affordable and reliable movers and packers for shifting your home.

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Ask friends for recommendation

Ask your friends, family and coworkers to recommend a trustworthy Movers and Packers. If you are not satisfied with them, look in yellow pages for movers and packers in your area. You also have the option of finding one online.

Do proper screening

When you are done with making a list of recommended movers and packers, do an online background check. Look for customer complaints and scams related to the ones in your list. Ask the packers for referrals of past customers. Strike of all options which seems to be unreliable.

Get the estimates

You should shortlist at least three or four final options. Talk to them simultaneously and learn about their services and offerings. Ask the Movers and Packers to provide their estimates and always request for a written quotation. Do not trust on anything unless it’s written down on papers. See if the quotations have a thorough cost breakup of the entire process, like- packing charges, loading charges, unloading charges, transportation charges, unpacking and re-arranging charges, and other process charges.

Compare the bids

Compare the bids received from the shortlisted movers and packers. Ask if they have any hidden charges as well. Also check if they provide extra services like storage and warehousing and if there is any additional cost involved. Get everything on papers. Make sure they provide door to door relocations services.

Check for its license and insurance

Check if the Movers and Packers Services you selected provides insurance for the goods. Clarify regarding the scope of the insurance and also know about their insurance partners. Always insure your goods in the process of relocation.

Know their customer support

Note down their customer support number and check if it functions properly. Once your valuable goods have been dispatched this is where you can get all the related information. A good customer support makes it easy to track the status the transit as well.

Keep all documents at hand

Lastly, before you move make sure you have all the important papers with you. The insurance, the inventory list and all related things must be kept well.  Insist on making their payment through check, as this will provide a legal proof of the payment as well as help you get reimbursement in case you have a provision for that.